A man walks through Naas town centre in Co Kildare. An immunologist  has warned that Kildare, Laois and Offaly could face a longer partial lockdown if Covid-19 case numbers rise. Photograph: Tom Honan/The Irish Times.

There has been one new Covid-19 related death and 35 new cases reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre. This is the lowest number of d(...)

Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak arriving at the courthouse in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday. Photograph: Vincent Thian/AP

Malaysia’s former prime minister Najib Razak has been found guilty of all seven charges in his first trial linked to the multibillion-dollar 1MDB scan(...)

Dr Mary Canning, President of th Royal Irish Academy. Photograph: Johnny Bambury.

The setting up of an independent network of scientific advisers is needed to advise government “on the formidable scientific challenges facing Ireland(...)

Scientists around the world have analysed more than 2,500 publicly shared Covid-19 genomes and identified 100-150  mutations. Photograph:  Miguel Medina / AFP via Getty Images

Since the Covid-19 virus strain was first identified in early 2020, scientists have been able to track its progress around the world. The virus is v(...)

A computer image created by Nexu Science Communication together with Trinity College in Dublin, shows a model structurally representative of a betacoronavirus which is the type of virus linked to Covid-19. Photograph: Nexu Science Communication/Reuters.

This is a series of regular updates from Irish Times Environment & Science Editor Kevin O’Sullivan on scientific initiatives and developments on c(...)

The WHO was accused of   spreading ‘blatant misinformation’ about the potential risks and benefits of e-cigarettes following the release of an usual press release. Photograph: iStock

“E-cigarettes can damage the brains of teenagers and harm growing foetuses, the World Health Organisation has warned.” This was but one “scary” headl(...)

Men are advised to live a healthy lifestyle in order to keep their sperm in the best condition. Photograph: iStock

A father’s diet can have a significant effect on the future health of his offspring, affecting everything from blood pressure to heart function and pu(...)

The European Commission says the new “European University” initiative will allow students, doctoral candidates, staff and researchers to move “seamlessly” between institutions. Photograph: Getty Images

Students will be able study for degrees by completing modules across a “seamless” network of European universities under a new initiative. Trinity an(...)

“Plastic security trays, which we all have to handle, were found to have the highest concentration of viruses.” Photograph: iStock

Fingers crossed – early indications are that this won’t be an especially virulent flu season. But there are plenty of other seasonal bugs whose preval(...)

The most common virus detected on  security trays was the rhinovirus which causes the common cold. Photograph: i Stock

The plastic security trays handled by virtually everyone who makes their way through an airport play host to the greatest number of viruses, according(...)

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